In the ongoing patent disputes of Cree versus Feit Electric, Fiet Electric has chosen to file its own patent infringement lawsuit against Cree. Feit Electric Company Inc based in Pico Rivera, California, USA has filed a patent infringement complaint in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint alleges Cree’s 4Flow line of LED light bulbs infringes US Patent Nos. 8,408,748 and 9,016,901. Feit Electric is seeking an injunction against sales of Cree’s 4Flow LED light bulbs. Feit Electric is also seeking damages for previous infringing sales. The Feit Electric patents relate to a low-power, LED-based incandescent replacement bulb that uses LEDs on both sides of a substrate.
In January, Cree filed complaints patent infringement complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Ref: article). The January complaints are against Feit Electric Company, Inc. and its Asian supplier, Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd. In addition to alleging infringement of 10 of its LED lighting patents. The complaint also alleges that Feit Electric’s misleading advertising falsely claims that specific products meet Energy Star specifications. The alleged patent infringement in Cree’s January complaint relates to the omnidirectional optics of Cree LED bulbs.
Cree’s January complaint requests that the ITC order the offending companies to ban falsely-advertised and infringing articles from entry into the United States. The complaint also asks the ITC to issue a cease and desist order to stop selling the allegedly infringing and falsely advertised LED bulbs in the U.S.